Enhanced Geothermal Energy Could Be the Next Zero-Carbon Hero
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by Sidney L. Fowler, Robert A. James and Clarence H. Tolliver
1w ago
by Sidney L. Fowler, Robert A. James and Clarence H. Tolliver Hydrogen, solar, wind—and even microwave beams from outer space—are a few of the alternative energies being explored as the world strives to cut the cord on carbon emissions. Recently, advancements in geothermal energy technologies appear poised to significantly expand geothermal’s reach. These new methods are varyingly referred to as engineered, enhanced or advanced geothermal systems (collectively referred to here as EGS), have recently made strides in scalability and grabbed the attention of changemakers and, if successful, may l ..read more
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Real Estate & Construction News Roundup (5/8/24) – Hotel Labor Disputes, a Congressional Real Estate Caucus and Freddie Mac’s New Policies
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by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team
1w ago
by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team In our latest roundup, nonresidential construction increases, Redfin settles lawsuits, overseas real estate becomes more lucrative than domestic real estate, and more ..read more
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Real Estate & Construction News Roundup (5/1/24) – IMF’s Data on Housing, REITs Versus Private Real Estate, and Suburban Versus Urban Office Property Market
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by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team
2w ago
by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team In our latest roundup, apartment sales fall for seventh straight quarter, raising real estate capital proves challenging, aspiring homeowners face strong obstacles, and more ..read more
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Real Estate & Construction News Roundup (4/24/24) – Omni Hotels Hit with Cyberattack, Wisconsin’s Low-Interest Loans for Home Construction, and Luxury Real Estate Sales Increase
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by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team
3w ago
by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team In our latest roundup, alternative lenders take the lead in CRE loans, construction workers worry about artificial intelligence, prospective homeowners express concerns about climate risks, and more ..read more
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Real Estate & Construction News Roundup (4/17/24) – Travel & Tourism Reach All-Time High, President Biden Emphasizes Housing in SOTU Address, and State Transportation Projects Under Scrutiny
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by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team
1M ago
by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team In our latest roundup, Airbnb advocates for new short-term rental rules, the U.S. Supreme Court rules on hefty development fees, loan losses becomes greater issue for banks, and more ..read more
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Environmental Justice Update: The Justice40 Initiative
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by Anthony B. Cavender
1M ago
by Anthony B. Cavender Soon after taking office, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008, entitled, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” This is an unusually long and complex executive order and includes many provisions relating to environmental justice and the plight of “disadvantaged communities” that are overwhelmed by many environmental threats. Section 223 of the Order describes the President’s “Justice40 Initiative,” which is designed to ensure that 40% of Federal benefits flow to disadvantaged communities through an “all of government approach.” There is a recognition ..read more
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Natural Hydrogen May Seem New in Town, but It’s Been Here All Along
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by Pillsbury's Hydrogen Practice
2M ago
by Pillsbury's Hydrogen Practice When it comes to renewable energy, hydrogen is hailed as a pivotal resource in the zero-carbon game plan. Hydrogen energy is accessible, produces lower greenhouse gas emissions and can use existing gas infrastructure to power electricity and heat, produce other gases and fuels, and more. Recently, a “new” type of hydrogen—has captured the attention of climate scientists. Natural hydrogen—often referred to as gold hydrogen—stands apart from other, more established types of hydrogen, which require extraction and expensive maneuvering to produce. Natural hydrogen ..read more
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Real Estate & Construction News Roundup (3/6/24) – Steep Drop in Commercial Real Estate Investment, Autonomous Robots Being Developed for Construction Projects, and Treasury Department Proposes Regulation for Real Estate Professionals
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by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team
2M ago
by Pillsbury's Construction & Real Estate Law Team In our latest roundup, major league sports franchises turn to real estate to increase their value, the Associated Builders and Contractors releases a guide on artificial intelligence, New York City helps landlords convert empty office space into housing, and more ..read more
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Carbon Sequestration Can Combat Global Warming, Sometimes in Unexpected Ways
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by Michael S. McDonough, Robert A. James and Amanda G. Halter
2M ago
by Michael S. McDonough, Robert A. James and Amanda G. Halter   Whether by land, by sea or through human innovation, carbon sequestration is likely coming to (or already happening in) a destination near you. As our planet, overdosed on greenhouse gases, battles climate disasters, a logical solution is to simply stop pumping carbon dioxide into the air. Legislation worldwide is aimed at that target, but reducing output alone may not be enough. There are still billions of tons of extra CO2 already in the atmosphere—this crossroads is where sequestration comes into play ..read more
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DOI Aims to Modernize its “Inefficient and Inflexible” Type A Natural Resource Damages Assessment Regulations
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by Amanda G. Halter, Jillian Marullo and Ashleigh Myers
2M ago
by Amanda G. Halter, Jillian Marullo and Ashleigh Myers The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published a proposed rule aimed at modernizing and streamlining the “Type A” Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) regulations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). (The comment deadline was later extended.) The revisions, first previewed in a January 2023 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), are intended to fulfill “the original statutory purpose of providing a streamlined and simplified assessment pro ..read more
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